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Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Since April, 2014, Kerstin has served as Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Kerstin joined the Secretariat as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in November 2012.



Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Since April, 2014, Kerstin has served as Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Kerstin joined the Secretariat as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in November 2012.

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Announcements

The deadline for applications 11 April 2014.

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Communication: Call for consultants to assess if transboundary movement of waste and take-back procedures for illegal traffic represent ESM

The deadline for applications 11 April 2014.

Call for Applications by 7 April 2014.

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Development of Fact Sheets on the Environmentally Sound Management of priority Waste Streams - Consultancy Announcements

Call for Applications by 7 April 2014.
Call for Applications by 7 April 2014

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Compilation of information on Environmentally Sound Management - Consultancy Announcements

Call for Applications by 7 April 2014

Calendar of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

 

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Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released

Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released

Parties and others are invited to submit comments on the draft technical guidelines by the specified deadlines.

Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released

Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released
Parties and others are invited to submit comments on the draft technical guidelines by the specified deadlines.
Call for comments by 15 April 2014 on the first draft glossary of terms

Call for comments by 15 April 2014 on the first draft glossary of terms

Parties and others are invited to provide comments on 1st draft glossary of terms prepared by the small intersessional working group on legal clarity

Call for comments by 15 April 2014 on the first draft glossary of terms

Call for comments by 15 April 2014 on the first draft glossary of terms
Parties and others are invited to provide comments on 1st draft glossary of terms prepared by the small intersessional working group on legal clarity
Pretoria hosts 3rd Global workshop on facilitation of entry into force of the Ban Amendment

Pretoria hosts 3rd Global workshop on facilitation of entry into force of the Ban Amendment

The Global workshop on 18 – 19 February 2014 is being organized with the support of BCRC-South Africa.

Pretoria hosts 3rd Global workshop on facilitation of entry into force of the Ban Amendment

Pretoria hosts 3rd Global workshop on facilitation of entry into force of the Ban Amendment
The Global workshop on 18 – 19 February 2014 is being organized with the support of BCRC-South Africa.
First e-learning tool launched to prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and waste

First e-learning tool launched to prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and waste

INTERPOL and the BRS Secretariat launch e-learning module to help law enforcement officers identify and prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and wastes

First e-learning tool launched to prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and waste

First e-learning tool launched to prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and waste
INTERPOL and the BRS Secretariat launch e-learning module to help law enforcement officers identify and prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and wastes
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Activities

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Chemical and non Chemical Alternatives to Endosulfan

The webinar aims at: 

  • Raising awareness of the obligations pertaining to endosulfan under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions 
  • Sharing information available on possible chemical and non chemical alternatives to endosulfan 
  • Presenting Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions with a proposed methodology to assess the continued need of endosulfan at national level

Chemical and non Chemical Alternatives to Endosulfan

Chemical and non Chemical Alternatives to Endosulfan

The webinar aims at: 

  • Raising awareness of the obligations pertaining to endosulfan under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions 
  • Sharing information available on possible chemical and non chemical alternatives to endosulfan 
  • Presenting Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions with a proposed methodology to assess the continued need of endosulfan at national level
São Tomé and Príncipe accedes to the Basel Convention
The accession of São Tomé and Príncipe raises the number of Parties to the Convention to 181.

São Tomé and Príncipe accedes to the Basel Convention

São Tomé and Príncipe accedes to the Basel Convention
The accession of São Tomé and Príncipe raises the number of Parties to the Convention to 181.
Tons of illegal waste seized under Operation Demeter III
Customs officials continue to demonstrate leadership in preventing and combating the illegal trafficking of hazardous wastes.

Tons of illegal waste seized under Operation Demeter III

Tons of illegal waste seized under Operation Demeter III
Customs officials continue to demonstrate leadership in preventing and combating the illegal trafficking of hazardous wastes.
Nominations to the Basel Waste Solutions Circle are open
Global initiative to promote the protection of human health and livelihood through the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes worldwide is accepting nominations by 31 December 2014.

Nominations to the Basel Waste Solutions Circle are open

Nominations to the Basel Waste Solutions Circle are open
Global initiative to promote the protection of human health and livelihood through the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes worldwide is accepting nominations by 31 December 2014.
Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2014
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2014

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2014

From the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2013
NEW! Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention

The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Basel Convention in the submission of their national reports using the new electronic reporting system.

NEW! Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention

NEW! Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention

The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Basel Convention in the submission of their national reports using the new electronic reporting system.

Facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment: Processes and Procedures of becoming a Party to Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Conventions

The webinar aims to provide information on how to become a Party to multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. This will also cover processes for amendments and protocols to such agreements.

Facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment: Processes and Procedures of becoming a Party to Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Conventions

Facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment: Processes and Procedures of becoming a Party to Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Conventions

The webinar aims to provide information on how to become a Party to multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. This will also cover processes for amendments and protocols to such agreements.

Resource mobilization for the 2014-15 biennium takes off with concept notes for voluntary financial contributions

A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2014/15 is now available.

 

Resource mobilization for the 2014-15 biennium takes off with concept notes for voluntary financial contributions

Resource mobilization for the 2014-15 biennium takes off with concept notes for voluntary financial contributions

A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2014/15 is now available.

 

Call for comments by 31 January 2014 on three guidance documents
Implementation and Compliance Committee invites parties and others to provide comments on guidance on inventories, the control system and illegal traffic take-back.

Call for comments by 31 January 2014 on three guidance documents

Call for comments by 31 January 2014 on three guidance documents
Implementation and Compliance Committee invites parties and others to provide comments on guidance on inventories, the control system and illegal traffic take-back.
Mobile Phones and  the Environment
Photographic exhibition, 2 to 14 December 2013 at Palais des Nations, Geneva

Mobile Phones and the Environment

Mobile Phones and  the Environment
Photographic exhibition, 2 to 14 December 2013 at Palais des Nations, Geneva
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Upcoming meetings

May 2014
Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention
Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 23 May 2014

Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention

Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 23 May 2014


Venue: International Environment House 1 (IEH-1), Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights: The Bureau of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention will meet from 22 to 23 May 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Bureau members will, among other things, review progress made in implementation of the decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its eleventh meeting and discuss the preparation of the twelfth meeting of the Conference to be held back to back with the meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions in 2015.

Working Language: The working language of the meeting will be English.

June 2014
First meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity
Montreux, Switzerland, 2 - 3 June 2014

First meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity

Montreux, Switzerland, 2 - 3 June 2014


Venue: Golf Hotel René Capt, Rue Bon Port 33-35, 1820 Montreux. The meeting will open at 10 :00am on 2 June 2014 and is expected to close by 5:00pm on Wednesday 3 June.

Highlight: The Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity (SIWG) is meeting with a view to finalizing the glossary of terms; to prepare recommendations as to whether any terms defined in previously adopted technical guidelines and guidance documents as well as the framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes need to be updated as a result; to prepare recommendations as to whether further guidance would be useful; and to prepare recommendations on the options for further steps towards the consistent interpretation of terminology, including possible voluntary and legally binding options. The outcome of the meeting will be considered by the Open-ended Working Group during its ninth meeting (22-24 September 2014, Geneva, Switzerland). Funding for the meeting is provided by Switzerland. 

Working Language: English

September 2014
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)
Geneva, Switzerland, 16 - 19 September 2014

Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)

Geneva, Switzerland, 16 - 19 September 2014


The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-9) will be held from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. The venue will be Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) http://www.cicg.ch/.

Working Language: Please note that pursuant to paragraph 2 of decision BC-11/19, on Tuesday, 16 September, and Friday, 19 September, simultaneous interpretation into Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish will be provided in plenary sessions. On Wednesday, 17 September, and Thursday, 18 September, technical meetings, including contact group meetings, will be held in English only. 

Highlights: The Open-ended Working Group will consider a number of issues related to the implementation of the Convention, as set out in the Work Programme of the Open-ended Working Group for 2014–2015 approved by the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Among others, the Open-ended Working Group will review updated technical guidelines on persistent organic pollutants waste, mercury waste and e-waste. The Working Group will also consider the outcome of intersessional work on the national reporting format, the framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes and providing further legal clarity. Furthermore, the Working Group will consult with the Implementation and Compliance Committee and prepare recommendations on options for operations of the Open-ended Working Group.

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Recent meetings

February 2014
Third Global workshop on the facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment
Pretoria, South Africa, 18 - 19 February 2014

Third Global workshop on the facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment

Pretoria, South Africa, 18 - 19 February 2014


Venue:  Pretoria, South Africa

Background: The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention adopted a decision on the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention (decision BC-10/3). Section A of this decision addresses the entry into force of the Ban Amendment.

The Ban Amendment provides for the prohibition by each Party included in Annex VII of the Basel Convention (Parties and other States which are members of the OECD, EC, Liechtenstein) of all transboundary movements to States not included in Annex VII of hazardous wastes covered by the Convention that are intended for final disposal, and of all transboundary movements to States not included in Annex VII of hazardous wastes covered by paragraph 1 (a) of Article 1 of the Convention that are destined for reuse, recycling or recovery operations.

The decision BC-10/3 invites Parties to continue to take concrete actions towards encouraging and assisting Parties to ratify the Ban Amendment, including dpecific actions, such as the Nordic Initiative, to assist Parties facing legal and technical difficulties in ratifying the Ban Amendment and regional meetings.

Organizer(s): The workshop will be organized with support from the Basel Convention Regional Centre for English-speaking African countries in South Africa (BRCR-South Africa).

Working Language: The working language of the workshop in South Africa will be English.

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National Law for the Implementation of the Basel Convention
Webinar, 11 February 2014

National Law for the Implementation of the Basel Convention

Webinar, 11 February 2014


The objective of this webinar is to present tools, including the model legislation and other legal instruments or tools as adopted by Parties to implement the Basel Convention, and to see how these could be linked or integrated with the provisions of overarching national legal frameworks that regulate hazardous chemicals and wastes, looking at the benefits of an integrated approach to hazardous chemicals and wastes legislation.

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National Law for the Implementation of the Basel Convention
Webinar, 6 February 2014

National Law for the Implementation of the Basel Convention

Webinar, 6 February 2014


The objective of this webinar is to present tools, including the model legislation and other legal instruments or tools as adopted by Parties to implement the Basel Convention, and to see how these could be linked or integrated with the provisions of overarching national legal frameworks that regulate hazardous chemicals and wastes, looking at the benefits of an integrated approach to hazardous chemicals and wastes legislation.

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January 2014
Ban Amendment: Becoming a Party to Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Webinar, 21 January 2014

Ban Amendment: Becoming a Party to Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Webinar, 21 January 2014


The webinar aims to provide information on how to become a Party to multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. This will also cover processes for amendments and protocols to such agreements.

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